This is My Application to Be on The First Renters’ Commission in the Country

I’ve just sent in my application to be one of the 15 members of the first renters’ commission in the country.

I understand criticism that many commissions don’t have much sway in decisions. However, I’m excited to see if a new and experimental group could shake things up and shape a better way for struggling renters.

So, I applied.

Here’s how The Seattle Times described the new commission in March 2017:

“The Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to create what is believed to be the nation’s first renters’ commission, which will push laws to help a growing group that makes up 54 percent of all households yet has a weak voice in City Hall.

“Rents have skyrocketed about 40 percent across Seattle in the past four years, and some longtime tenants have been priced out. But advocates for renters say they had nowhere near the organized clout of homeowners — who had long dominated city-sanctioned neighborhood groups to push politicians on their agendas — or landlords, who pool money for lobbyists and opposed the renters’ commission.

“The 15-member group of renters will meet regularly and pass ideas directly to City Council members who make laws, and to other officials who help shape and enforce them.”
The following is my application for the position. I wanted to share it in its entirety. We’ll find out who they select in June.
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And here are some of the headlines that have crossed my phone from The Washington Post:
(This news from Clinton is incredibly frustrating. I wish she would stop coming out and laying blame on everyone without taking responsibility for ignoring the non-college educated working class during her campaign. That’s the real reason we’re here, there was no candidate truly fighting for the working class after Bernie left the race.)

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